Xolo Maridueña is feelin’ blue…
Warner Bros has released the official trailer for the DC film Blue Beetle, starring the 21-year-old Mexican, Cuban, and Ecuadorian American actor.
From filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto, the film will hit theaters on August 18 and will be available for viewing in Imax.
The film was originally conceived for HBO Max, but then the studio pivoted to a theatrical release before Blue Beetle started production.
The first Latin DC superhero feature was developed under the Walter Hamada run era of the studio. Word is the character will be incorporated in the universe being developed by new DC bosses Peter Safran and James Gunn. In the DC canon, Blue Beetle is friends with Booster Gold, another DC character who Gunn/Safran are developing a TV series around.
Maridueña stars in the title role and as his alter ego Jaime Reyes. Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the superhero Blue Beetle.
Starring alongside Maridueña are Adriana Barraza as Jaime’s grandmother, Nana, Damían Alcázar as his father, Elpidia Carrillo as his mother, Bruna Marquezine as Jenny Kord, Raoul Max Trujillo as Carapax, with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord, and George Lopez as Jaime’s Uncle Rudy.
The film also stars Belissa Escobedo as Jaime’s sister, Milagro, and Harvey Guillén as Dr. Sanchez.
Soto directs off a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, based on characters from DC.